Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
3. Self Inflicted Turmoil:
There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that Pierre-Paul put himself through this ordeal by making a bad decision. That being said everyone has a list of things they should’ve done differently, actions they would take back if only they could. The truth is that nobody has paid more dearly for Pierre-Paul’s mistake but Pierre-Paul.
It is debatable if Pierre-Paul has handled himself well through this situation. It’s hard to imagine how I would handle this if I were him. The biggest problem for Pierre-Paul is that the emotional damage is probably as severe as the broken thumb and the amputated digit. This is a man who has been put in the worst situation of his life, and he was the person who put it there.
The only way back to the football field is toughness. Pierre-Paul must look deep within himself and find a way to overcome the obstacles he faces. He will have to play with pain of both the physical and mental kind. He will have to relearn to play the position without all ten of his digits. In no way is this an easy battle for Pierre-Paul.
In regards to the future, everything is undetermined. What we know is that Pierre-Paul has severe physical injuries and that the $14.8 million franchise tag is there for the signing. We know that Pierre-Paul has made contact with the organization after leaving them in the dark for so long, and we understand that there is no set timetable for his return.